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Rock What You've Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who's Been There and Back Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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The book jacket photos show the young author, who is attractive and normally proportioned, though not the "skinny minny" Hollywood type. I expected the tone of the book to be breezy and informal, and geared to young girls ages 12-18.
Boy, what a puff piece. For starters, this feels not only ghost-written but committee-written. It doesn't have the integrity of a piece written by a real flesh-and-blood human being. Katharine seems to have had some struggles with normal puberty and development in some chapters, but in others not so much. In some, her family is warm and supportive. In others, her dad is fanatically throwing out junk food, and harshly interrogating her about what she eats.
It goes on and gets worse. Almost every piece of sensible advice given out is then contraindicated by ANOTHER confusing annecdote. Accept your natural body...but don't eat too much!
Don't obsess, don't compare -- but don't get fat either. Eat the pizza (but only one piece!) Don't weigh yourself, but don't gain weight either. Clearly, the author still has a LOT of issues about having a curvy body in the Hollywood/LA milieu where size zero rules all.
I was a little alarmed at the section on birth control. Katharine started her period at 14, then quickly became sexually active and on the pill. She recommends starting birth control even before you are sexually active, advice I imagine some parents would not be too fond of.Read more ›
First of all, I loved that she did not pretend, as do some celeb relatives, that she had a normal life. She is aware that having a nanny and the Terminator for dad and American political royalty mom does set her apart. Phew! Refreshing. Now, even with all those advantages, she still suffered from the normal teen self-doubt, and the misogynist media images? Amazing. And wonderful that she tackles those issues, if not head-on, at least with thought and introspection.
A controversial part of the book is where Ms. Schwarzenegger says she learned how to use birth control early, before she had a partner. And I say GOOD FOR HER. Get to know your body and take responsibility for having an adult body, yourself, don't do it just for That Guy. [BTW I am 50ish, so let's not go speculating I'm young and wild. I'm old and wise.]
She can't make sense of conflicting societal messages: love your body and don't weigh yourself, BUT watch what you eat. But she admits these conflicting messages are there and does give the message to love who you are. As we used to say in the 70s, be yourself, but be your BEST self. I'm not convinced she completely is at ease with her slightly larger than Hollywood body, but I don't expect that of a woman in her early 20s. She's on her way and she's bringing some of us with her, which is great.
The writing is fluffier than I would expect of someone of her age and education but I will attribute that at least in part to the expected audience: girls in mid-teens.Read more ›
Chapter by chapter, with asides from real girls, Katherine takes us through the pitfalls of being a teenage girl. She covers everything from food and exercise, to boys and birth-control. This would be a great book to open a dialogue with daughters, or to just give young girls to let them see that they're not alone in how they feel.
I'm going to recommend this book for every mother I know of a teenage girl. I am so thankful that Katherine wrote it. What a wise and brave young girl she is for sharing her own insecurities. Countless young girls can be helped through what is probably the most insecure times of their lives with this book. It would be even better if mothers read this book first just because we tend to forget those years when we felt like we were the only ones who were imperfect.
Rock What You've Got is especially valuable today because of all the media we have hitting us 24/7 saying that unless we look as wonderful as the air-brushed models around us, we'll never be happy. Katherine sites statistics of how many young girls get breast implants as graduation presents.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have found this book very helpful and useful in working with young girls, especially teens who lack confidence and who are trying to figure out who they are. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Barbara Marino
Both of their mothers agreed that it was written straightforwardly and that it answered some important questions in a way that was easy to understand.Published 19 months ago by Joanne Flexser
A wonderful and encouraging read. I could really relate to what she shared and I really hope it helps women young and old feel better about themselves.Published 22 months ago by Nancy Nurse
I can't re-call even buying this.....I must figure out who i bought this for to funny, I hope whom ever recieved this book enjoyed it.Published on February 8, 2014 by Kelly S.
My wife bought it for herself. She wasn't too enthusiastic about it but, then, what can you expect from a 790 year old woman!!!Published on January 31, 2014 by David W.
This book is truly a inspiring book that has given me a new-found confidence. I never thought about half of the topics that she brought up, that relate to our self-image, and... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Jenna
I never read the book, but when I saw her interview in Katie Couric. All the stuff that Katherine Schwarzenegger said was true. Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by Srinivas Chavala
My wife, Diane, is reading "Rock What You've Got" right now and is sharing the contents with me day by day. Read morePublished on January 23, 2011 by Larry B. Lieberson
My daughter has been having issues with thinking she is fat and not very pretty. Well, she is a beautiful young lady and after she told me about this book, I RUSHED to order it... Read morePublished on January 18, 2011 by Kimberly